Linked by Howard Fosdick on Mon 13th Dec 2010 23:11 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless It's hard to predict the future because we humans prefer to think in terms of familiar paradigms. Even the most brilliant of our species are subject to this flaw. Now, Microsoft faces its turn. The owner of the operating system that likely runs your personal computer, the company that achieved monopoly with Windows and ducked the Department of Justice's scythe to keep it, faces a midlife crisis as the world goes gaga over portable consumer devices. This is the story of what's happening to Microsoft in the handheld operating system markets -- and how it parallels the earlier, similar journeys of IBM Corporation and Digital Equipment Corporation. Can Microsoft achieve dominance on mobile devices?
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RE[4]: The issue is Foothold.
by lemur2 on Tue 14th Dec 2010 09:36 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: The issue is Foothold."
lemur2
Member since:
2007-02-17

I think i would have to agree with the sentiment of Microsoft being the main player in the Server market, i think the number of organisations without a windows server in their organisation somewhere is pretty slim. With many org's using Windows Server as their primary server OS.


At one point there were a lot of "dormant domains" that Microsoft negotiated as being counted in statistics as served by Windows servers on the Internet. Suddenly Windows statistics approached those of Apache ... but it was all really smoke and mirrors.

As for actual local LAN servers, there are a lot of "Windows shops" who are sold on running Windows exclusively, even though it means having to pay rent (via CALs). Incredible, but true.

The exact share of Windows servers is debatable, but even if there are really slightly more Linux servers one cannot lightly dismiss the numbers of Windows servers.

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RE[5]: The issue is Foothold.
by moondevil on Tue 14th Dec 2010 11:47 in reply to "RE[4]: The issue is Foothold."
moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

In Portugal is quite common that many small business run entirely with Microsoft software.

Actually for many development shops the annual licenses for MSDN are not that much expensive and you get full access to the complete Microsoft software, hence many small shops go 100% Microsoft.

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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

I thought the MSDN bundled licenses where intended for lab or otherwise 10 or less installs. I'm not sure that I'd want an auditor knocking on my door before verifying if my use of MSDN for production systems was within the license.

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RE[6]: The issue is Foothold.
by _txf_ on Tue 14th Dec 2010 15:10 in reply to "RE[5]: The issue is Foothold."
_txf_ Member since:
2008-03-17

Yea,

I have been able to convince people at my company to supplement windows workstations with linux, but for infrastructure things (not just linux any OSS software) I cannot get anyone to budge (even if I did all the work and the total cost would be reduced). They would rather spend money than spend time even factoring the monetary worth of that time.

Edited 2010-12-14 15:13 UTC

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RE[6]: The issue is Foothold.
by SteveB on Tue 14th Dec 2010 15:13 in reply to "RE[5]: The issue is Foothold."
SteveB Member since:
2005-07-10

In Portugal is quite common that many small business run entirely with Microsoft software.
This is not happening only in Portugal. Other countries have the same "effect".

Actually for many development shops the annual licenses for MSDN are not that much expensive and you get full access to the complete Microsoft software, hence many small shops go 100% Microsoft.
This is not true. You don't get access to the COMPLETE Microsoft software (do you get games with the MSDN?).

Might I ask you what you mean with "...hence many small shops go 100% Microsoft"? Are you writing about development shops (companies producing software that is targeting Microsoft OS)? Or are you writing about SME?

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RE[5]: The issue is Foothold.
by aesiamun on Tue 14th Dec 2010 14:52 in reply to "RE[4]: The issue is Foothold."
aesiamun Member since:
2005-06-29

With the Microsoft Action pack, you can run a small business on Microsoft products for less than $300 a year.

There's nothing wrong with that.

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